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Poetry Friday: For John

Every week we’re publishing the winning poems from April’s medical poetry contest. This week’s poem was a runner-up in Category III: Grab the (Black) Bag: Miscellaneous Medical Moments.

For John
By Lisa A. Ryan

Like a ram in the thicket, or
an apparition in mist, you were not
there and…

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Poetry Friday: Untitled, by Jessica Garber

Every week we’re publishing the winning poems from April’s medical poetry contest. This week’s poem was a runner-up in Category II: How Sick Did You Get?

Untitled
by Jessica Garber

Vomit-
Rips at the throat
Like a chained dog

And I am the fence,
And you, he who passes by.

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Poetry Friday: An Embolic Tale

Every week we’re publishing the winning poems from April’s medical poetry contest. This week’s poem was a runner-up in Category II: How Sick Did You Get?

An Embolic Tale
By Jamie DeVore

There was a young woman it’s said
Whose limbs became numb as she tread
Her face drooped…

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Poetry Friday: Untitled, By Tina Auth

Every week we’re publishing the winning poems from April’s medical poetry contest. This week’s poem was a runner-up in Category I: Bedside Manners.

Untitled
By Tina Auth

Our son was born dying, little did we know. He was rushed to UVA, the best place to go.

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Poetry Friday: Doctor

Every week we’re publishing the winning poems from April’s medical poetry contest. This week’s poem won Honorable Mention.

Doctor
By Katherine Crowley

She says his coat reminds her
of May: crabapple blossoms
in sun, so white they refract
bright hues and greens.
And she says his movements
beneath the white feel
like a warm…

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Poetry Friday: The Maddening Gladness

Every week we’re publishing the winning poems from April’s medical poetry contest. This week’s poem won one of two grand prizes.

The Maddening Gladness
By Jarish Cohen

I.
ars medicina, from a language that has long been dead-
the whitest gleam of the short coat , the greenest sheen of…

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Poetry Friday: Meditation on the Sickle Cell

Welcome to Poetry Friday! Every week we’re publishing the winning poems from April’s medical poetry contest. This week’s poem won one of two grand prizes and will also be published in the Health System’s literary journal Hospital Drive.

Meditation on the Sickle Cell
By Laura Kolbe

A harvest…